WATCH: Driverless Truck Shows Off ‘Failsafe Tech’ During ‘Critical System Failure’

Mountain View, CA — This week, a leading driverless truck maker became the first to demonstrate its “fallback” technology system while traveling on a public roadway.

In a video (below) released by Kodiak Robotics, Inc., the self-driving trucking company purports to show what its driverless technology will do in the event of a critical systems failure such as an engine malfunction, tire blowout, or roadway debris disabling safety-critical sensors.


“To launch an autonomous vehicle without a human driver, you must ensure the vehicle will protect motorists in the case of a truck or autonomous system failure,” said Don Burnette, Founder and CEO, Kodiak. “Implementing a fallback system is a fundamental necessity to achieving that level of safety.”

Kodiak claims its driverless technology “evaluates the performance of more than 1,000 safety-critical processes and components in both the self-driving stack and the underlying truck platform” ten times each second.


These checks include the truck platform (for example oil level and tire pressure), the hardware installed on the truck (e.g. sensors, wiring, and computers), and of course the health of the autonomy software itself.

“Should any of these critical components fall outside the acceptable performance parameters, the Kodiak Driver automatically executes a fallback plan, safely pulling the truck over to the side of the road,” the company states.

WATCH the video below.

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